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Travelling on the Chester and Ellesmere Port lines

Small timetable alterations will be made on both the Chester and Ellesmere Port lines throughout the work.

If you travel to or from Ellesmere Port, Overpool or Little Sutton, you will need to change at Hooton between approximately 06:45 and 19:30 Monday to Saturday. Please see detailed information and timetables below.

Chester services towards Birkenhead Central

If you travel on the Chester line towards Liverpool, there will be small timetable alterations throughout the work as shown in the tables below.

The first train from Rock Ferry will depart at 05:44, with trains also leaving Hooton at 05:44 and 05:59 between Monday and Saturday. The first trains from Chester, Monday to Saturday, will depart: 

First trains from Chester
06:00 06:30 07:00

Between Monday and Saturday from 07:15, a 15 minute service will run from Chester until 18:30. After 18:30, a 30 minute service will run. Time are shown in the table below. 

 
Minutes past hour 07:15 to 18:30

From 18:30, a 30 minute service
will run until 23:00

ALL PHASES              
Chester 15 30 45 00 30 00 23:00**
Bache 18 33 48 03 33 03 23:03
Capenhurst* 24 39* 54 09* 39 09 23:09
Hooton 29 44 59 14 44 14 23:14
Eastham Rake 30 45 00 15 45 15 23:15
Bromborough 33 48 03 18 48 18 23:18
Bromborough Rake 35 50 05 20 50 20 23:20
Spital 37 52 07 22 52 22 23:22
Port Sunlight 39 54 09 24 54 24 23:24
Bebington 41 56 11 26 56 26 23:26
Rock Ferry 44 59 14 29 59 29 23:29
Green Lane 46 01 16 31 01 31 23:31
Birkenhead Central 48 03 18 33 03 33 23:33
PHASE 2 MONDAY TO FRIDAY ONLY              
Hamilton Square 52 07 22 37 07 37 23:37
James Street 55 10 28 40 10 40 23:40

 *Between 08:30 and 18:15, the 00 and 30 departures from Chester will not stop at Capenhurst.

** A final service will depart Chester at 23:30 and terminate at Hooton.


On Sundays, the first trains from Rock Ferry and Hooton will depart at 07:44. The first train will depart from Chester at 08:00 and a 30 minute service will run throughout the day:

Minutes past hour on Sundays
00 30

Birkenhead Central / James Street services towards Chester

If you travel on the Chester line, towards Chester, there will be small timetable alterations throughout the work as shown in the tables below.

The first trains will depart:

Phase 1, Phase 3 and the Saturdays of Phase 2 
(departs Birkenhead Central)
05:58 06:28
Phase 2 - Monday to Friday 
(departs James Street)
05:58 06:22

A 15 minute service will then run during the day and a 30 minute service during the evening between Monday and Saturday, as shown in the table below.

  Minutes past hour 06:22 to 19:07 From 19:07, a 30 minute service 
will run until 23:37
PHASE 2 MONDAY TO FRIDAY ONLY              
James Street 37 52 07 22 37 07 23:37
Hamilton Square 39 54 09 24 39 09 23:39
ALL PHASES              
Birkenhead Central 43 58 13 28 43 13 23:43
Green Lane 44 59 14 29 44 14 23:44
Rock Ferry 47 02 17 32 47 17 23:47
Bebington 49 04 19 34 49 19 23:49
Port Sunlight 51 06 21 36 51 21 23:51
Spital 53 08 23 38 53 23 23:53
Bromborough Rake 55 10 25 40 55 25 23:55
Bromborough 57 12 27 42 57 27 23:57
Eastham Rake 00 15 30 45 00 30 00:00
Hooton 02 17 32 47 02 32 00:02
Capenhurst* 07  22*  37  52*  07  37  00:07 
Bache 14 27 44 57 14 44 00:14
Chester 20 35 50 05 20 50 00:20

 *Between 08:28 and 18:58, the 28 and 58 departures from Birkenhead Central will not call at Capenhurst, with the exception of the 16:58, 17:28 and the 17:58 which will.

On Sundays, the first train will depart Birkenhead Central at 08:13 and a 30 minute service will run throughout the day:

Minutes past hour on Sundays
13 43

 

 

Ellesmere Port services towards Birkenhead Central / James Street

If you travel from Ellesmere Port, Overpool or Little Sutton, you will need to change at Hooton for services towards Birkenhead Central between 07:12 and 18:12, Monday to Saturday.

  First Trains Minutes past hour 07:12 to
18:12 (change at Hooton)
Minutes past hour until 23:19
ALL PHASES
Ellesmere Port 06:19 06:49 12 42  49 19 
Overpool 06:21 06:52  15 45  52  22 
Little Sutton 06:24 06:54  17 47  54  24 
Hooton 06:29 06:59  22 52  59  29 
Eastham Rake 06:30 07:00 

At Hooton board any
service towards 
Birkenhead Central/
James Street. 

00  30 
Bromborough 06:33 07:03  03  33 
Bromborough Rake 06:35 07:05  05  35 
Spital 06:37 07:07  07  37 
Port Sunlight 06:39 07:09  09  39 
Bebington 06:41 07:11  11  41 
Rock Ferry 06:44 07:14  14  44 
Green Lane 06:46 07:16  16  46 
Birkenhead Central 06:50 07:20  20  50 
PHASE 2 MONDAY TO FRIDAY ONLY        
Hamilton Square 06:52 07:22 22  52
James Street 06:55 07:25  25  55 

On Sundays the first train will depart Ellesmere Port at 07:49 and a 30 minute service will run throughout the day. 

 

Birkenhead Central / James Street services towards Ellesmere Port

Throughout the work, if you travel to Ellesmere Port, Overpool or Little Sutton, you will need to change at Hooton between 06:56 and 19:26, Monday to Saturday. Outside these hours, trains will run through to Ellesmere Port.

  First Train Minutes past hour 06:56 to
19:26 (change at Hooton)
Minutes past hour until 23:22 Last Train
PHASE 2 MONDAY TO FRIDAY ONLY            
James Street 06:07

 

Board any Chester 
line service and 
change at Hooton 
for services towards 
Ellesmere Port. 

22 52 23:22
Hamilton Square 06:09 24 54  23:24
ALL PHASES        
Birkenhead Central 06:13 28 58  23:28 
Green Lane 06:14 29  59 23:29 
Rock Ferry 06:17 32  02  23:32 
Bebington 06:19 34  04  23:34 
Port Sunlight 06:21 36  06 23:36 
Spital 06:23 38  08  23:38 
Bromborough Rake 06:25 40  10 23:40 
Bromborough  06:27 42  12  23:42 
Eastham Rake 06:30 45  13 23:45 
Hooton 06:32 56 26 47  17  23:47
Little Sutton 06:36 00  30 51  21  23:51 
Overpool 06:38 02 32 53  23  23:53
Ellesmere Port 06:40 07 37 58  28  23:58 

Throughout all phases, on Sundays the first train will depart Birkenhead Central at 07:58 and a 30 minute service will run throughout the day.

 

For detailed train times please use the Journey Planner or pick up a Wirral Line Timetable from any staffed Merseyrail station from mid-December. For live travel information, follow @Merseyrail on Twitter.

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